How to make Cloud Dough Recipe

BY ON Aug 13, 2014
Homemade Clough Dough Recipe

Cloud Dough which can sometimes be called Moon Sand is a homemade mixture used for sensory play experiences.

The consistency of Cloud Dough can be powdery like flour and also mouldable, a bit like damp sand.  It is perfect for moulding, shaping, squeezing, pressing and sculpting into different shapes.

Cloud dough has a silky smooth texture and scented by the baby oil.  It provides a great hands-on sensory learning experience for children.


What you will need?

Simple Recipe for Cloud Dough

4 Cups of Plain Flour

½ Cup Baby Oil

Large tub and wooden spoon for mixing


To download and print this recipe, click here: How to make Cloud Dough Recipe

This recipe provides a descent amount of cloud dough for one or two children to play with. I double this recipe when using it in the classroom for 3 or more children at one time.


How to make it?

  1. Measure and pour the flour into the large tub.
  2. Add baby oil.
  3. Mix with a wooden spoon.
  4. Using your fingers, squeeze and press the cloud dough to blend the oil throughout the flour.
  5. Store in an air tight container.


Please Note: 

Please always supervise young children around things that they may place into their mouths. Baby oil should not be ingested.


Learning Opportunities:

  • Creativity
  • Fine Motor Development
  • Hand-Eye Coordination and Control
  • Cause and Effect
  • Concentration
  • Spatial awareness – experimenting with shape and space
  • Language development – shape names
  • Mathematics – capacity, measurement
  • Scientific concepts and skills
  • Imaginative Play


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4 Responses to “How to make Cloud Dough Recipe”

  1. Djele says:

    So much fun! Is it possible to add food coloring to it or will that mess up the whole mix? :)

    • janice Janice Davis says:

      Hi Djele, I haven’t tried it with food coloring yet. I am pretty sure it will blend well as you mix it through with your fingers. Let us know how you go if you give it a try. Thanks.

  2. Lindsay says:

    Could this be made with olive oil?

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